Legal Cannabis Week #54

Uruguay legalizes cannabis

Hooray hooray, Uruguay! The small South American state legalized cannabis this week—the first signatory to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs to officially do so. Amazing! What historic times we witness. Here’s some of the ubiquitous coverage:

Uruguay legalises production and sale of cannabis
DEC 10 | The Guardian

Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade
DEC 10 | Reuters

From Seed to Smoke, Uruguay Testing Legalized Pot
DEC 11 | Associated Press

Uruguay becomes world’s first country to legalize marijuana trade
DEC 11 | Agence France-Presse

Uruguay marijuana decision ‘breaks internationally endorsed treaty’
DEC 11 | The Guardian

Entrepreneurs continue to apply for Washington cannabis licenses

Cannabis entrepreneurs have filed over 1,700 applications for Washington State pot licenses in week three of a month-long application window. Here’s some headlines:

1,700 pot business applications received so far in Wash.
DEC 10 | Associated Press

More marijuana applications would focus stores in Bellingham, growing in county
DEC 10 | Bellingham Herald

Seven new retail pot applications for Kitsap
DEC 10 | Kitsap Sun

Six new marijuana businesses apply in Yakima County
DEC 10 | Yakima Herald

Two apply for retail marijuana licenses in Ellensburg
DEC 11 | Daily Record

Marijuana license applications hit Whatcom County
DEC 11 | The Northern Light

These articles are unique for mentioning applicants that are applying in places where anti-pot councils have passed I-502 moratoriums:

State receives another Kent applicant for marijuana production plant
DEC 10 | Kent Reporter

Moratorium doesn’t worry potential Pierce County pot seller
DEC 11 | Northwest Cable News

Not all the news is good. This piece on Bothell applicants starts by noting that none of them seem compliant with municipal zoning and I-502 buffers.

Bothell residents apply for marijuana business licenses
DEC 13 | Bothell Reporter

 A Kirkland woman complained about a property listed on the applications of three pot businesses, and the landlord—who claims none of the applicants had a lease on the building—now refuses to lease to a pot business.

Kirkland moms oppose marijuana retail location in Market neighborhood
DEC 11 | Kirkland Reporter

Landlords react to marijuana store backlash from Kirkland community
DEC 13 | Kirkland Reporter

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NW Cannabis Market Charity Ball
SAT DEC 14 @8PM | NW Cannabis Market

Ellensburg Cannabis Moratorium Hearing
MON DEC 16 @7PM | Ellensburg City Hall

Association of Washington Growers and Breeders Meeting
WED DEC 18 @8PM (WEEKLY) | West Seattle Legion Hall 

Retrial of Supreme Court winner William Kurtz
THU DEC 19 @ 9AM | Thurston County Courthouse

Medical Marijuana: A Community of Voices
SAT DEC 21 @ 2PM | Town Hall Seattle

Dope Industry Awards
SAT DEC 21 @ 9PM | Seattle Club Sur

Week in review

Jason Levin offered tips on pitching pot investors.

Show-Me Cannabis submitted ten initiative drafts for legal cannabis in Missouri.

Denver City Council limited residents to a dozen living cannabis plants.

Drug Policy Alliance filed an initiative to legalize cannabis in California.

Testing labs test cannabis.

Denver officials worry pot stores might run out of pot.

Washougal City Council enacted an I-502 moratorium.

Pierce County Council overturned an executive veto and banned cannabis businesses.

MJ Freeway released a service for pot processor ingredient tracking.

City of Denver created a marijuana information web site.

Fresno County, California moved to ban cannabis production.

Privateer Holdings hired a former DEA agent.

Colorado voters support legal cannabis still, survey says.

New York legislators introduced a legal cannabis bill.

King County Council enacted cannabis zoning.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board held a hearing to ban board-licensed private pot clubs.

Hollie Hillman and Kathleen Nelson run a medical cannabis dispensary in Longview.

American Herbal Products Association released the first half of its landmark cannabis monograph.

Oregon released draft rules for cannabis dispensaries.

Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group discussed cannabis banking.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board intends to recommend limiting patients to three flowering cannabis plants.

Seattle City Council forwarded a bill to fine public pot smokers.

Okanogan County Commissioners voted to allow pot business with no special permits.

New Jersey Assembly Health Committee approved a bill to allow out-of-state medical cannabis.

Michigan House advanced a bill allowing medical cannabis dispensaries and edibles.

John Richard Knock serves a life sentence for pot.

City of Yakima sent a letter to the state Attorney General arguing cities can ban pot businesses.

Debra Borchardt names the questionable pot stocks the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority alluded to.

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board selected three vendors to beta test their centralized cannabis business reporting site.

Pam Springs implements a voter-approved 10-15% cannabis tax.

Colin Davies plans a UK cannabis cafe.

Slovenia Parliament considers legal cannabis.

Liberty Bell Four return to federal court this month.

Worth repeating

“We need to recognize that tourists coming to this state to sample wines, to sample Washington marijuana, to sample any of the attributes of this destination city, that we accommodate them somehow.”

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes on creating space for cannabis tourists

“For 2013, what you saw a lot of was public education for marijuana legalization. Enforcement was not what we were focusing on. We’re not afraid to cite, and with this ordinance, I think people should look for more enforcement.”

Seattle Police Department spokesman Sergeant Sean Whitcomb on public toking tickets

 “If the state of Washington gives me a 502 license and it’s legal under 502 rules, I’m going to open up a store.”

Pot shop applicant Scott Zanotelli on ignoring Pierce County’s marijuana moratorium

“I think it puts the citizens of Pierce County at extreme risk financially because we will be sued.”

Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert on the council enacting a I-502 moratorium


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